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tr.v. per·cussed, per·cuss·ing, per·cuss·es
To strike or tap firmly, as in medical percussion: The doctor percussed the patient's chest.
1. to strike sharply, rapidly, or suddenly
2. (Medicine) med to tap on (a body surface) with the fingertips or a special hammer to aid diagnosis or for therapeutic purposes
[C16: from Latin percutere, from per- through + quatere to shake]
1. to use percussion for diagnosis or therapy.
2. to strike (something) so as to shake or shock.
[1550–60; < Latin percussus, past participle of percutere to strike hard, beat]
Past participle: percussed